Baborák Orquestrina

Five years have passed since horn player Radek Baborák's first album on the Animal Music label. It contained "dance music" by well-known and lesser-known composers in arrangements for horn and chamber ensemble, including the classic Argentine "tango nueva" Astor Piazzola. The second half of the programme, aptly titled Piazzola, is devoted entirely to his music: Tango nuevo. Piazzolla's music does not include the French horn, but Radek Baborák has entrusted the traditional sound of tango to the French horn, bass clarinet, violin and piano; he has arranged Piazzolla's compositions in collaboration with Tomáš Ille for an eleven-member ensemble and has thus succeeded in achieving the desired goal – not to be just another "revival band" of Piazzolla's legendary quintet, but to make the outstanding compositions. The Baborák-led Orquestrina consists of the Baborák Ensemble quintet and other outstanding soloists and players of leading chamber ensembles: violinists Milan Al-Ashhab and Martina Bačová, violist Karel Untermüller and cellist Hana Baboráková, bass clarinetist Petr Valášek, pianist Václav Krahulík, double bassist David Pavelka and percussionists Jiří Stivín Jr, Ladislav Bilan and others.

The repertoire of the ensemble is based on film music, dance music, original arrangements by its members and composers such as Ondřej Brousek, Tomáš Ille, František Šterbák, Miloš Bok, Petr Wajsar, Jan Kučera, Lubica Čekovská. The ensemble collaborates with dancers and actors on the project Tango ó tango and has performed at the festivals *Smetana Litomyšl, Dvořák Prague, Strings of Autumn, Colours of Ostrava-. Other performances include many European countries and Japan.

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